National standards of care…

April 18, 2010

CPATH currently endorses the use of WPATH International Standards of Care.

We are aware of significant limitations to their application in Canada which vary from province to province. We do recognize that some clinical practices at CAMH are not in line with current WPATH standards, as is true at other centers across the country. As such, we are looking to develop a national consensus on both the interpretation and approach to local implementation of the WPATH standards.  As we continue our consultation with providers, transgender persons, and community based support agencies across the country, more formal position statements will be forthcoming. Our first CPATH position statement, which addresses the use of diagnoses in the context of gender variance, will be available shortly on our website.

FFS in Canada? You bet!

March 15, 2010

We are fortunate to have two specialized surgeons who provide facial feminization procedures for transgender persons in Canada.

In Vancouver, Dr. Cameron Bowman works out of a private clinic and day hospital offering a variety of soft tissue procedures including blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and facial contouring with injectables (silicone, botx, etc.).  He works with Dr. Donald Fitzpatrick.

In Montreal, Dr. Eric Bensimon who is trained in both plastic and craniofacial surgery provides a wide variety of both bone and soft tissue procedures.  He  works with Dr. Pierre Brassard at the Centre Métropolitain de Chirurgie Plastique where they offer combined FFS and GRS options.

DSM-V Part 2: final draft for comment…

February 15, 2010

On February 10 (12:00 am), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the proposed draft diagnostic criteria for DSM5 on its Website www.dsm5.org.  The draft criteria represent content changes under consideration. The information posted on the Website includes the proposed criteria, the rationale, the supporting research, and DSM-IV content as a comparison.

The proposed diagnostic criteria will be available on the Website www.dsm5.org, for public comment until April 20, 2010. APA is inviting health professionals, consumers of mental health services, and family members to visit the site to review and comment on the draft criteria.